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 Turkey finds US strike on Assad's positive but insufficient, President Erdogan says

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday hailed the US missile strike on a Syrian air base as a positive development.

However he said this action was not enough while "serious steps" were needed to protect the Syrian people, Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

"We find it a positive and concrete step taken against the war crimes of the Assad regime. Is it enough? I don't find it enough. It is time to take serious steps for the protection of innocent Syrian people," Erdogan told a rally in the southern province of Hatay.

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"The international community has the capability to stop the regime and terrorist organizations. I hope the active stance that the United States displayed in Idlib is a beginning with regards to such developments," Erdogan said.

As reported, U.S. warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase on President Donald Trump's orders on April 7. U.S. officials said the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks were based there. The missiles were launched from warships in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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According to recent data, 100 people died and 300 were injured in a chemical attack in the Syrian northwestern province of Idlib. UNICEF confirmed a t least 27 children were killed in the attack in Idlib, northwest of Syria.

The British government has meanwhile said it "fully supports" the U.S. in carrying out the air strike, describing the cruise missile strikes launched from U.S. ships in the Mediterranean as a "warning shot" that was "necessary and appropriate".


 
 
 
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